Meet David Seamon
Candidate for Boone County Preciding Commissioner
A CAMPAIGN DEDICATED TO STRENGTHENING THE FUTURE OF BOONE COUNTY, MISSOURI.
My name is David Seamon. I was born in Columbia, South Carolina but I like to joke that I grew up everywhere. When I was younger my family moved around a lot; from South Carolina to San Diego, where my father was stationed as a Marine, back to South Carolina, Atlanta, Colorado Springs, and finally Columbia, MO. Growing up everywhere allowed me to experience the different regions and cultures that make this nation great in a way few people will ever have the opportunity to do. In the summer of 2004 my family settled in Columbia after my dad accepted a position working for Governor Holden in the Department of Economic Development. I attended Rock Bridge High School where I became involved in sports, running sprints for the track team and playing football. It’s also where I met my wife, Nicole.
In the summer of 2006, prior to my senior year at Rock Bridge, my father lost a brief battle with cancer. Two months later Nicole and I learned that she was pregnant with our son Drevyn. The next day we began our respective senior and junior years of high school. Without the support of the Rock Bridge faculty, the citizens of Columbia, and our families, I’m not sure where we would have ended up. We both graduated from Rock Bridge; Nicole went on to earn nursing degrees from Moberly Area Community College and the University of Missouri while I graduated from Columbia College. It was during my time in college that I decided I wanted my life to be about service to others, in gratitude of the unwavering support the community provided Nicole and I. So, during the summer of 2011, I took time off from my part-time job as a package handler at UPS, and I attended the Marine Corps’ Officer Candidate School in Quantico, VA. Following the completion of Officer Candidate School, I returned to Columbia in order to complete my degree. Nicole and I were married at Second Missionary Baptist Church in downtown Columbia in May 2012, and on September 22nd, 2012 I accepted a commission in the Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant.
My time as an active duty Marine was the most profound experience of my short life. I learned how to not only be a leader, but how to be an effective leader. I learned how policy is formed, how it is implemented, and in some cases how it fails. I learned the true meaning of accountability, to yourself, to others, and most importantly to those you lead. It was a fun and formative four years that I will treasure forever. But as every service member knows, we all have to leave at some point, and in January of 2017, after completing my first tour, I said goodbye to the Marine Corps. There was something else I wanted to do with my life. The Seamon family, now a party of four with the addition of our daughter Kennedy, could have relocated to any number of places. But we chose to return to Columbia, because this is home.
“No one will ever care about your career as much as you do.” Those were the words uttered by one of the greatest Marines I’ve ever met to a platoon of young officers. Those words stuck with me, and today they have a new meaning. No one will ever replicate the passion you have for the issues you care about.
Boone County is an amazing place to live, work, and raise a family. But we face issues that threaten our sustainability. Low wages and jobs that don’t fit the needs of the… next generations workforce. Dwindling sales tax revenue, a University, the lifeblood of the county, rebranding itself after protests, and a rising cost of living.
These are the issues I’m passionate about, and I refuse to place them in the hands of someone else. That is why I’m running to be Boone County’s Presiding Commissioner. Join me in bringing the issues you’re passionate about to the forefront of Boone County politics.